Unlisted Brand • Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||67%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
Bottega Veneta by Bottega Veneta is classified as a Floral Chypre, but I would describe this as a Fruity Chypre. The luxurious bottle evokes feminine leather, mirroring the juice inside. First, I will address the issue of fruity vs. floral. According to the note listing, bergamot and pink pepper contribute to the fruity aspect, but as mentioned by other reviewers, plum seems to be a noteworthy note. So, here we have fruity leather, and possibly a modern take on Mitsouko. However, if Mitsouko (pre-reformulation) is an attic-confined trunk full of dusty leather-bound books, then BV is a freshly polished library full of leather-bound books. The library is spacious, maybe a window is open, but the trunk full of books holds other strange archaic treasures waiting to be discovered. Perhaps this distinction embodies the divide between the “vintage” fragrances and contemporary compositions. In 2013, we are stuffed to the gills with stuff and gadgets, yet our pastoral sentiments point toward a “fresh” and simple ideal as we attempt to process the daily deluge of information. At the end of the day, we are simply too tired and overwhelmed to rummage through the attic. Also, 100 years ago, it was a sign of progress, and perhaps status, to leave the house smelling like the latest chemistry. Now, we associate “chemical” odors with toxicity while body odor is synonymous with poverty and ignorance; time for your huge dose of aldehydes and civet! So we long for a simple time, free of pollution and full of pastoral landscapes and “organic” gardens.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium Eyes: Green
I love this perfume, it is warm , feminine and has a great staying power. perfect for winter, a small amount on the neck and wrists will do .not a teenie perfume
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I discovered this only recently. Found a sample of it in an old magazine when cleaning. I fell in love with it instantly. It smells great. Leathery, powdery, sweet.. very sexy and unique.. Goes great with leather jacket or any leather accessories. Love it. The only problem is the staying power is very, very poor. I have to reapply it very often so at least others can smell it on me. When they do, they all compliment me and ask what it is. I wish the company made its staying power better!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight Eyes: Green
This fragrance is soft, warm, complex and well rounded. I adore it! I feel very chic when I wear it.
True, the sillage could be more radiant, but it wears close to the skin and lasts all day - it gives you a feeling of intimacy. Would go well with silky lingerie and pearls!
On me, the dry down is musky, creamy and a little powdery. It also smells a little like pencil shavings, I really like that aspect. I only get a hint of citrus and leather, it's more like a soft woody floral on my skin. All in all, it makes for an interesting, sophisticated and memorable fragrance. It's a keeper in my collection!!
Notes of bergamot, Brazilian pink peppercorn, plum, lily of the valley, Sambac jasmine, leather, Indian patchouli and oakmoss.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Lollipop leather. Goes on really strong with a blast of patchouli which has a real mainstream feel. And it has a really nice leather note. Once well settled on skin it become much more pleasant. I am a Cuir de Russie fan but I guess this one is a nice modern take on leather. Definately feminine.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
This fragrance is very light. Almost to the point of being scented water. I dont know if it is just me and have a hard time detecting it on myself but i never catch wisps of this fragrance throughout the day on myself. Other people might notice it though but i dont know. I hope they bring out an "intense" version of this scent that is stronger. That aside it is a nice fragrance. It probably should have been marketed to men as it could easily be a masculine scent. Also, the bottle would look quite at home on any dude's nightstand. The little leather tie around the cap is a nice, classy touch too. Bottega Veneta is smokey, leatherey fragrance. Musk and a soft touch of light citrus too. Very smooth and clean. No floral that i can detect either. I'm giving it 4 lippies because i like masculine fragrances that are marketed to women. I think it's an odd conundrum. If you are into light fragrances or dont like to wear perfume much you would probably like Bottega Veneta.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
The packaging lured me in, it looked classic without being frumpy, clean and streamlined, but with an earthy, feminine layer. and I was hoping for the same in a perfume. The leather note dominates without much floral. Smells cold and not particularly feminine, but still sexy much in the same way a man's dress shirt worn on a female is sexy. Too cold for the winter, too murky for spring and too heavy for summer. Just right for fall. Not "me," but a nice palate cleanser. Poor lasting power.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I resisted this one for a long time, probably more out of my own preconceived notions about mass-market releases. But I kept going back to the cosmetics counters for "just a spritz" over a few months. Eventually I bought a small bottle and, truly, I end up wearing it most days. Despite owning much too many bottles for my own health, I reach for BV when I just want to smell good and not think about it.
It's got that very nice suedy/apricot fuzz smell everyone mentions. A bit of Chanel and Guerlain mixed in. It reminds me a *bit* of 31 Rue Cambon and Bois d'Armenie, for reference. I say a *bit* because, let's not kid ourselves, this stuff is made from cheap ingredients and does not have the bones of the aforementioned perfumes. But the potential is there, and it's very easy on the nose. It does not project a huge amount, which is perfect for work. I have to say the staying power is very poor, at least in any meaningful way. Sure there's a mild skin musk scent left on my skin after 2-3 hrs but nothing to recall the smooth leathery yumminess of the first few minutes.
Overall it's an absolute winner in the category of the mall offerings. I don't think it will displace any true classics, but that's not its mission. Would strongly recommend it to lovers of orientals/leather/gourmand scents.
Incidentally, a male friend of mine swoons every time I wear this, telling me that to him BV is reminiscent of Eau Sauvage... Not sure what he's picking up there, but I think that's a very interesting link. All that to say that on a man, this would also smell very very good.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I have been cruising duty free shops looking for my fragrance soul mate for the last decade. I almost passed this up because it did not impress in bottle form. But wearing it is believing and I can say I finally found THE ONE!!! It's warm, elegant and slightly more oriental on my skin with a hint of suede. To me, it smells like sophistication in a bottle. Staying power is great and it wears close to the skin, which I think is the mark of a perfect perfume. Also, I'm a headache sufferer with a sensitive nose, but my olfactory senses have nothing but love for this fragrance. Beautiful but definitely not boring.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
The leather is very subtle and integrates well with the musk. Not a stupendous, groundbreaking fragrance but lovely and extremely wearable just the same. Spray on your clothes and it will last you 24 hours. Spray on you and it is as everyone says it is, close to the skin, close to the nose.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
It's hard to describe scents but this one definitely is not one I would recommend. I looked it up on Nordstroms to see how it was described and I definitely think leather is a word that comes to mind. It doesn't smell girly whatsoever. I don't think that it lasts that long either. It's already starting to fade. I'll stick to Jo Malone for now.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I have been struggling with fragrance for about a year. I always want to wear sophisticated scents, but somehow my nose prefers sweeter, less complex scents, and I end up sticking to my comfort zone. So when this fragrance was released, I got 3 samples so I could take my time with it. It took me a week of wearing this fragrance (night and day) to decide I had to buy it. The first few days of wearing it left me unsure of whether I liked it. On me, the first few minutes are very strong on my skin, so even though this is a close-to-the-skin scent, less is more here. At the beginning, I smell an icy mix of soft leather essence and bergamot. Then for about 5 minutes I can only smell bergamot and something sharp (maybe the pink pepper?). And then the fragrance develops into a fuzzy, citrusy, warm, soft leathery scent. I was concerned that my skin would bring out too much patchouli, but I don't get any distinct patchouli scent; I think the "fuzziness" I smell is the patchouli. About 30 minutes in, the scent warms up and sweetens up a tiny bit. This is not a sweet scent, but it softens and there is a hint of fruit. I understand why people may think this is a masculine scent; the bergamot and pink pepper are a little bracing at the start and there is little obvious sugar. I think that some men could wear this very well (it's not Flowerbomb, after all). But to me, (and I have worn many fragrances that end up smelling like men's shaving cream) this is not overtly masculine; but overtly smooth. In case this helps others like me, who love perfume but don't have the most sophisticated palate, I'll say that this is not a fragrance I'd wear to a club; it's not loud in that way. It's crisp and soft and citrusy and rounded. There is leather, but as the scent develops, it's more in the background. An hour into this scent and it is divine.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
Hubby got this for me for my BDay and it was love at first sniff. Everything the other fans of this beautiful scent said is true and then some! It brings to mind a lovely, sophisticated woman. Self-assured, elegant in an understated way. It's not an obtrusive scent. It doesn't leave a trail after you. But, as someone said, it stays close to your skin, so it's not that it disappears fast. I put it on today at 1pm. It's now 10pm and I can still smell it faintly on me.
Perfume is very personal, to be sure. But I can't help thinking that those who cannot appreciate this gorgeous scent are missing out.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This one is growing one me. At first I found the patchouli too overpowering and very earthy, with a bit of mould. I was also disappointed that it was not more of a chypre, but, the drydown is lovely and it is a very pleasant 'everyday' scent especially for work as it does not overpower. However it is pricey and there are others I want to try so I would not buy again. Still 5 lippies because I think it has been done well with good balance. Staying power is not great and it stays very close to the skin on me.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I am sure this fragrance is beautiful, if only I could smell it after five minutes! Where did it go? One lippie for presentation and for luring me in.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Bottega Veneta was love at first whiff. Sueded leather with rose and iris, a little patchouli. Worldclass, so beautiful. Suitable for any occasion all year around. If you want just one fragrance, this could be IT. I later got the body cream and love it even more.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
Absolutely GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS soft leathery delicate floral chypre scent, with a beautiful soft touch of wood ... I purchased the entire line of products. It has so many beautiful layers, you really must wear it a bit to let it fully develop on you. However, I loved it the minute I smelled it from the bottle, then even more and more as I wore it. The perfumer, Michel Almairac, is one of my favorites and creator of so many remarkable scents, so you may want to explore his other fragrances also.
*** I kept thinking how familiar this scent is to me, then it struck me. It smells very much like a more complex version of the Thymes, Ltd. Lavender fragrance (at least to me). So, just a tip to those who love this fragrance but find it a bit pricey for your budget, you might want to try Thymes, Ltd. Lavender collection, at a fraction of the price.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I LOVE this perfume. I am right with the reviewer before me. I don't understand the bad ratings for this perfume but I suppose perfume wears differently on everyone and so its a very personal choice. I generally hate spicy scents. I grew up around a mom that loved dousing herself and the entire room in Ysatis, Organza or other spicy scents that were so sharp they left me sneezing and gasping for air while trying to hold my breath all at once because I found them so ghastly. The fact that this has some spice in it and I still love it really speaks volumes as to how well the spice is done. Patchouli blends so well and gives it just a hint of sharpness in an otherwise sweet leathery base that I just can't stop sniffing my arms. It wears relatively well compared to other perfumes (Dior, Chanel, Bvlgari) that I wear and like. It smells so classy too, that I feel ten times better looking and more confident when I wear it haha. At the end of the day I just take care of wounds at work and scrub into smelly surgeries but the swagger that this perfume bestows on a woman is amazing. Hey, if you have to do rectal exams at work, like myself, might as well do it with style and fragranced irresistably.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
One word - STUNNING! Plinko's review absolutely says it all, but I felt compelled to add my adoration of this fragrance. I haven't felt this excited about a fragrance since Tom Ford designed White Patchouli, this is different but equally exciting (to me).... Bottega Veneta is a brand I can only dream about as it is way out of my price range. If you can't have the clothes/accessories you can wear the fragrance right? So I was very nervous when the company released their first offering. Would it live up to the Bottega Veneta image? Absolutely! I think it most definately has - pure sophistication on every level. On first sight the packaging looks very simple but on closer inspection has been beautifully well thought out and great attention given to every detail. The bottle shape reminds me of the domes of St Mark's Basilica and the skyline of Venice, it has a skin coloured leather ribbon around the neck with a tiny Brunito butterfly seal on it. What surprised me was the bottom of the bottle - totally unexpected - frosted glass made with the 'intrecciato' texture of the leather bags. A detail unseen but so lovely to hold - a reminder of the craftsmanship Bottega Veneta is known for. The perfume itself is very elegant and understated in a sophistated way. It doesn't jump in the room before you - it is shared when you are close to the wearer. It has a powdery masculinity about it that reminds me of Italian men's cologne - it smells clean and 'well groomed'. To sum up - it totally honours and represents the integrety of the Italian heritage and craftsmanship of the brand. A classic that I love. The scent makes me feel beautiful when I wear it and never fails to lift my spirits almost soothing and comforting. Tomas Maier - you are genius - enough said!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Just when I had just about lost faith in designer mass market fragrances, Bottega Veneta introduces a composition that not only makes me sit up and take notice, it makes me want to beg, borrow, and steal to procure a bottle. This fragrance is absolutely stunning. I have a large fragrance wardrobe. I have elegant fragrances, I have sexy fragrances, but I have few fragrances that I would characterize as elegant and sexy. Bottega Veneta is a rare potion of sexy and elegant that I simply can't get enough of.
The elegance of jasmine sambac, the earthiness of patchouli, the hint of fruit that makes it approachable, the leather that supplies the sexy..... it is all so glorious. When I wear this, I get an image in my head of an effortlessly beautiful woman driving along the Italian coastline in a chic convertible with leather interior. Breathtaking. I need a bottle of this.